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Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Page: 3199

Mr THISTLETHWAITE (Kingsford Smith) (13:39): I wish to congratulate the staff, students and parents of Chifley Public School for their wonderful fundraising efforts in support of leukaemia patients and leukaemia research through their participation in the World's Greatest Shave. On Thursday, 13 March, I was fortunate to attend Chifley Public School with supporters from the school community to view firsthand the ritual shaving of the heads of eight participants from the school community. Three parents, three teachers—one whose wife had never seen him before without a goatee beard—and two students shaved their heads in honour of leukaemia research. The school's P&C conducted a sausage sizzle and cake stall. Chifley Public School are a small school but with a significant Aboriginal population. They set out with a target of raising $2½ thousand for leukaemia research. They well exceeded that by raising $8½ thousand on behalf of their community. I wish to congratulate and thank Louise Stone, staff and students of the school, in particular Jane Tovey, whose family has been touched by leukaemia. The World's Greatest Shave initiative has so far raised $13½ million for leukaemia research. The goal this year is $20 million, so go online and donate to a worthy cause.